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Top 5 Tips for Cleaning Off Your Desk

Clean Off Your Desk Day

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Today is Clean Off Your Desk Day! It is time to clean off your desk and get productive for 2018! This day is an opportunity to begin your new year with a clean and organized workspace, and maybe buy some cute desk accessories that are great to look at and will help your space stay clean. Check out my top items below!

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Why does a clean desk even matter?

First you may be wondering why even spend the time and bother cleaning up this space? Whether your desk is in a private, a cubicle, or in your home, an uncluttered, organized, and clean will help you work more efficiently and give you a sense of peace when you sit down to work. Also, consider these reasons:

  • Distraction –  A cluttered desk is filled with potential distractions. From file folders, random papers, and sticky notes, there one million distractions available to take your mind off what you want to focus on.
  • Reputation – Having a clean desk is a reflection of your habits. It will show you as efficient, organized, and prepared to take on newer or bigger projects.
  • Space – A clean space allows you to have the room to work! Even with all the technology we use everyday, there are still physical items you will need to use. The ability to spread them out and reference them easily is so useful.

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Top 5 Tips for Cleaning Off Your Desk

1. Clean off your desk top space. Whatever sits on top of your desk needs to be there for a reason. Think about only keeping items you use on a daily basis here.

2. Keep things in reach. This means in drawers or on your desk in specific containers. There is nothing worse than not being able to find a pen or pencil when you are on the phone with someone trying to take down information.

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3. Use your drawers and cupboards. Store all of your non-daily supplies and current projects in drawers or cupboards. This allows easy access but keeps your desktop clutter free.

4. Create your system. Take this time to organize but also to develop a system that works for you. Label all your files and store them upright for easy access and better use of space. I also recommend always having blank folders on hand so you can keep your system going.

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5. Schedule a regular clean out. Clean out your drawers and cupboards at least once a year. Get rid of those old files you don’t need, but make sure you shred anything that contains information you wouldn’t want getting into the wrong hands. Through out other things you have been accumulating and never use (like those pens from hotels and your dentist).

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Those are my top 5 tips to cleaning up and organizing your desk space. I hope you all get a inspired by #cleanyourdeskday and do a little organizing this week. It will make you feel even better to start the year fresh and get productive!

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Technology Day 2018

Happy Technology Day!

National Technology Day!

Technology has changed the world. January 6 is the day to recognize those achievements and to look to the future of technology. The world I have lived in for the past 28 years has changed exponentially. We now carry around small computers in our hands every day. We can connect with the world every second of every day.

I wanted to acknowledge this day because without technology, I wouldn’t be able to connect with all of you around the world. As you can see by this photo, my phone is a part of my every day life, it even gets checked during photo shoots! With that thought in mind I thought I would share some of my favourite pieces of technology and their accessories that allow me to connect with you all!

1. Samsung Galaxy S8

What can I say – I am an Android girl through and through. I has a big screen, great camera, and it is sooooo easy to use.

2. Phone Case

This is my favourite phone case. It has marble, black and pink – so basically an Instagram dream. Plus it is super affordable and provides pretty good protection for my phone.

3. PopSocket

If you haven’t heard of a PopSocket you are missing out. All phone seem to be so big these days and my fingers tend to start aching if I use my phone for a long time, like you know, scrolling through Instagram for 4 hours… This allows your hand to relax while still holding your phone securely. It also acts as a stand when you want to watch videos!

4. Bluetooth Remote

Well, as shown by my Instagram I take a lot of my photos by myself. So the discovery of this remote has helped me so much! You just connect the remote to your phone, open your camera app and bam! You can take photos without having to hold your phone. Btw – works on both Apple and Androids 🙂

5. Flexible Tripod

Like the remote above, this Tripod makes my life so much easier. I can easily slip my phone into the holder, stand up the tripod or wrap it around a railing, and snap my pictures! The set I have link includes the same bluetooth remote I have above if you would prefer to buy everything together.

6. Tablet Stand

This is the stand I use to hold my tablet on my desk while I charge it and when I want to watch videos on it while working (hello YouTube makeup tutorials I am obsessed). It keeps it out of the way while still being easily accessible. Personally, I have not stuck mine to my furniture, and that has not caused a stability problem at all!

7. Multiple USB Ports Data Hub

Well, I don’t know if anyone is like me but I have run out of USB ports on my laptop. One for my printer, mouse and keyboard means I have one left for everything else. So I use this to allow me 4 extra USB ports to work with, and it is a literally life saver for me.

8. Power Bank

I don’t think I need to tell anyone out there how annoying it is when your phone dies in the middle of the day. I am a heavy cell phone user (obviously) and once charged, this power bank charges my phone fully 3 whole times. It comes on every trip with me for the plane ride and I even use to charge my tablet when necessary.

9. External Hard Drive

I have two of these babies. In addition to Dropbox, I keep all my blog photos on one of these, and my second one is used for personal files. It is so important to backup your files to multiple places. You never know what you will need and what happens if your laptop dies?!

10. Tablet Case with Keyboard

Protect your tablet while basically turning it into a mini computer! Heck yes! I use this versus carrying my laptop on most trips as it allows me to easily type and work while being much lighter than carrying my computer around. Easily connects to your tablet through bluetooth and away you go.

11. Samsung Tablet E 9.6

I love my Samsung Tablet. I use it at least 3 times a day. I watch YouTube or Netflix while I get ready in the morning, I watch it while I take a bath, and every time I can’t find my phone! My tablet also sync’s perfectly with my phone so it makes my life super easy.

Alright! I hope you enjoyed my little round up of my favourite pieces of technology and the accessories I use along with them. What are your favourite pieces of technology?

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Reflecting and Moving Forward

Welcome to the New Year everyone!

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Reflecting on the good, the bad, and the ugly.

For the past couple of days, as I see 2018 coming up fast, I thought it was time for reflecting. Well, what can I say. 2017 for the most part was just plain old not a great year for me. It had it’s moments don’t get me wrong. Some very high highs, but it also had some pretty low lows for me.

Of course, the best moment happened on April 22nd. I married the person who will forever try to make things better through any means necessary. Let’s just put it this way… I am not an easy person to live with and somehow he puts up with it. I can’t thank him enough for all of the effort he puts in to keeping me happy and our marriage. So that is why, this post is all wedding photos I haven’t shared before.

To be honest, most of 2017 I don’t even wish to write about. I really do wish to just simply let go, and leave it behind now. However, there are so many moments, reactions, and thoughts I plan to leave in 2017. So for some lovely encouragement and accountability for myself, here are my simple goals (not resolutions) for 2018.

1. Be a better partner.

Like I said, my husband is one pretty awesome person. He stuck with me through some pretty trying times. So this year, my first goal is to be a better partner for him. For me this truly means putting in the effort to spend more time together, stop reacting abruptly to situations, and in general practice being more considerate and appreciative of him.

2. Be better to myself.

This is probably the most typical goal anyone has for a new year. In 2018, I want to just simple be a healthier version of myself. I want to cook more, eat out less, work out more (this will be the hardest one for me I think), and make sure to take the time for myself I need to recoup my energy.

3. Be financially better.

Honestly, I don’t make many bad financial decisions in my opinion. However, I do love to buy new things. I mean, just check out this blog lol! For 2018, I am planning for every second month, starting in January, to be no spend months (aka no new clothes, beauty products, books, etc.) because truly I have most things I could ever need… in bulk!

4. Be a better blogger.

I love this little space I have made for myself on the internet. This website and my social media accounts truly bring me joy. I love planning content, responding to comments, and maybe just helping someone out there a little with my content. In 2018, I want to be more consistent in posting, providing content I love, and hopefully you will too.

5. Be better at accepting where I am.

I questioned myself a lot in 2017. Everything from my job, to my overall career, my relationships and even the person I want to be. While the above goals answer a lot of these questions, I plan to work at being better accepting where I am. This really focuses on being more grateful for what I have. Because let’s be honest, I have it pretty good.

What are you planning for goals or resolutions in 2018?

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Making the Right Decision

Decisions, decisions, decisions. Change can be so hard, but sometimes it truly is for the best. Late last year I found myself in a place I never thought I would be. I was faced with some life changing decisions regarding my career, health and happiness.

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The not so good times…

The organization I had been working with full time for a couple of years full time (where I had also worked for years part-time while I went to Uni) was again doing mass layoffs. I made it through the first 2 rounds of layoffs. I was obviously relieved to still have a job but survivors guilt is a real. In October, the 3rd round hit. In the end, my team was now less than half the size it had originally been. With that I watched people I had known, some for many years have to leave. It was at that time the survivor’s guilt hit an all-time high. People with children and families to support were now without jobs and income. So there I was, expected to do my job, as if nothing had happened.

Anyone who has been through layoffs like these knows that organizations may cut your team but the expectation is to keep producing the same quantity and quality of work. This led me to feel like I had to work extremely long hours to complete everything by the deadlines. Let’s just say, without going into too much detail (maybe I will post about it later), I went into stress overdrive. I became extremely forgetful, I couldn’t sleep and I ended up having anxiety attacks. I did end up taking some time off to recuperate and figure out coping mechanisms, but this was the final straw for me.

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Doing what I had to do…

I had been looking at changing jobs for over a year at this point. I really wanted to continue to advance my career and was looking for a job one step above my current role. Nothing I applied for led to an interview, except for one instance, and right after that interview I knew it was not the place for me. Jumping to a place I was unsure about from a place that was stressful, but I knew so well, is a very nerve wracking concept. However, once I returned to work again, being in that high stress environment, I made the ultimate decision to get out. I began apply for jobs in earnest, using my connections and the help of recruiters.

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Finally, some good news!

This time I was lucky. I ended up receiving two job offers in the same day. Both were a promotion, which I knew I had earned, but there were significant differences in both the compensation and the industries. One organization was going to have a much less steep learning curve, good compensation but an business I had heard had had its own trials similar to where I was leaving over the last couple of years. On the other hand, the other organization offered me what I hoped was a safe environment after what I had gone through, but with smaller compensation and a huge learning curve.

So how do I make decisions? Annoyingly to most people around me, I talk about it repeatedly, for hours on end, to everyone I can find.  I ask for advice and input from anyone and everyone. I know for some people this would not help them, but I look for that devil’s advocate to show me the other side and perspective of my options. In the end, I do always come to a decision (and there will always be moments of reflection where perhaps the decision was not the best). However, I have ended up in a job where I now feel calm, supported and welcome.

Anyone else made some big changes recently for your career? How did you make the decision? Leave me a note in the comments.

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A Quick Introduction

Happy Friday everyone! It is hard to believe that I am finally doing this, and working towards a goal I have thought about for so long. I couldn’t think of a better way to start this blog off than by getting a little personal right off the bat with a quick introduction. You can also check out my “About” page here.

Name: Courtney

Age: 27 (almost 28)

Height: Almost 5’7”

Status: Newlywed, married April 22, 2017

Education

I have a Bachelors of Commerce in Management from MacEwan University. I am a Certified Internal Auditor and also Certified in Risk Management Assurance. Almost finished my Chartered Professional Accountant designation. (I know sounds like a lot, but I really love school!)

Job

Internal Auditor (please don’t let that scare you off)

Purpose

I have always had a passion for mentorship and helping others navigate their careers. In University, I participated in clubs and sought opportunities to help my fellow students navigate their education and learn about the career opportunities open to them.

I entered the corporate world as a very young woman at 18. My first job was at an organization that has over 10,000 employees. I have since moved on to work at both smaller and larger organizations. During my career, I have had some amazing mentors who not only taught me how to excel at my job, but encouraged me in every way possible. I have since looked to mentor, build and grow relationships with my co-workers and peers to help us all on the path to success.

I have  always found (encouraged by my fashionable mom) that the way I dressed helped me with confidence in the corporate world. This was especially true when I was significantly younger and inexperienced than people I was working with, which continues to this day.

It is my goal that this blog will not only provide you with great outfits to wear to the office and on your weekends off. Hopefully it will also help young women, like myself, navigate the corporate world with confidence.

Please let me know if there are any topics you’d like for me to write about in the comments. Thanks for reading!

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The Beginning of ‘The Courtney Collection’

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 The Courtney Collection…. the beginning of a new adventure.

I know what my husband, my family and close friends will say (something along the lines of “why add more to your plate…”) but creating this blog is something that has been on my mind for a couple of years now.

I am getting so close to achieving one of my goals this September and with that chapter of my life closing soon I can’t help but look to a new goal and a new challenge for myself. This one will take me outside of my comfort zone but I know that it will also allow me new experiences that I have been craving. I hope to share with you some awesome outfits for your work and weekends, makeup and skincare to love, and also dive deep into my experiences in the corporate world as a young woman.

As for the picture attached to this post, I couldn’t think of a better picture to kick off this blog with than one that shows the happiest day of my life so far. In April, I got married in the beautiful town of Canmore, Alberta to my wonderful, supportive husband. He always said he would be willing to be my “Instagram husband”.

So here goes…